As I sit in my room back in NYC I write this post with a heavy heart. No words can ever describe how much this trip meant to me and how much I’ve truly learned from it. Thank you to everyone who helped me make this trip possible and above all thank you to all the amazing family and friends I made in Senegal. The people I encountered in this country are beyond amazing, so genuine and truly selfless. I’ll miss everyone I’ve met along the way and will cherish all the bonds I’ve created. Thank you for giving me a name I’ll treasure always and making me feel like one of your own. A piece of me will forever remain in Senegal & let me actually rephrase my statement because this story isn’t over, I know I will be back in Senegal soon.

À bientôt/ leegi leegi
Insha’Allah

Love Always,
SALIMATA

Now watch me…

There was no wee fee (wifi) in the house and they insisted in showing me that they knew how to do this

My host family was just the absolute best!

The first day was the only day I ate with my hands (for the experience), you can tell by how messy the sheet is in some parts that some of us did a better job than others with this (but we all made a mess). We would crush the rice into balls with our hand and use our thumbs to put it in our mouth. If you ever had a bone you would place it under the plate in your designated triangular area. 

Creepy Crawlers

One of the hardest adjustments for me which I don’t think I fully adjusted to while in Senegal were the amount of insects EVERYWHERE. There were all kinds, ants, roaches, mosquitos, etc. 

My biggest problems were the amount of flies on everything! In rooms, outside, on meat, on food…everything. Even on the meat that was being sold, I would just think about the fact that my mother would walk out of a butcher shop if she saw just one fly when I was younger and here I was in Senegal where all the meat was sold open and had millions of flies swarming over it. 

The next time I travel to Senegal I’m going packed with fly traps because the crawling on my skin was way too irritating. The Senegalese of course are a lot more used to it and more often than not seemed completely unbothered by it. 

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